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Welcoming a new puppy to your family is an exciting prospect, but knowing what essentials you need before they arrive and for after they’ve arrived can be overwhelming. Whether it’s getting to grips with everyday accessories like bedding and collars, or nutrition and how to prepare for toilet training, we’ve broken it down with our puppy checklist.

What to buy before they arrive

Getting your puppy’s absolute essentials a few weeks before they move in will ensure you have plenty of time to bond with your new furry favourite when they do arrive, but will also help avoid any situations where you’re left without something vital when they’re already home and need your undivided attention.

Bowls for food and water

Collar or harness, lead and ID tag

Chew toys for puppies

Bed and bedding

A crate if you’re planning to crate train

A car harness for travel

Grooming products, including a brush and clippers

Dental products

Preparing your home

Before they arrive, make sure your home environment is safe and ready for a new and very inquisitive family member.

Make sure all electrical cords are out of the way

Fit your kitchen cabinets with safety latches

Make sure doors and drawers are shut, including wardrobe doors

Keep floors free of small items your puppy might ingest

Consider a safety gate for areas you want to keep puppy-free

Choose who’s responsible for what

Shopping for everyday staples is important but there are other responsibilities and duties you’ll need to address before your puppy arrives that are equally as important.

Allocate on a specific spot for your puppy’s toilet training

Your new puppy will require a wellness exam with a qualified vet in its first week, choosing a reliable vet now will ensure you don’t forget and can arrange an appointment

Decide who’s going to walk and feed the puppy so you can establish a routine immediately

Important things to consider once they’ve arrived

Once settled and you and your puppy have gotten used to each other, make sure you’ve taken care of all of the necessary vaccinations, treatments and identification your new pet needs. Some will require that your dog is a certain age, but booking the appointments in advance will ensure you don’t forget or struggle when the time comes.

Insurance

Microchipping

Immunisations

Worming

Neutering

What to consider during their first week

Whilst it may sound strange, introducing new noises and sounds is a good idea. Your puppy will have very sensitive hearing and so getting them used to noises like the doorbell and a hairdryer will pay off in the long run. Use praise and rewards to keep the experience a positive one. We also recommend starting with a low volume and increasing it gradually.

Explore when your puppy is young, as this will get them used to new environments and situations, from taking stairs, walking up and down steps and experiencing different surfaces.

Travelling in the car will likely be essential during your dog’s life, whether you’re taking them on holiday or to their vet appointment. By introducing car journeys now, it will make them more comfortable with travelling in the future.